Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was fired on Saturday, lower than per week after paperwork confirmed simply how deep the journalist was concerned in serving to his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), reply to allegations of sexual harassment.
“Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense,” CNN Communications mentioned in an announcement. “We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately. While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light. Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.”
Cuomo was suspended on Tuesday following the discharge of paperwork as a part of Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into Andrew Cuomo’s habits whereas governor. Andrew Cuomo resigned in August after James launched a damning report detailing claims by 11 ladies who mentioned he acted inappropriately whereas in workplace.
Documents confirmed texts between Chris Cuomo and his brother’s prime aide, Melissa DeRosa, in early March of this 12 months.
“Please help me with prep,” the CNN anchor texted.
In one other message, Chris Cuomo mentioned he had “a lead on the wedding girl,” one of many governor’s accusers.
The CNN anchor beforehand admitted his involvement in serving to his brother again in March, however the newly launched texts present simply how deeply concerned he was within the scandal.
“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo mentioned in an announcement Saturday. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”
Cuomo beforehand addressed the controversy after he was suspended from CNN.
“It hurts to even say it. It’s embarrassing. But I understand it,” Cuomo mentioned on “Let’s Get After It” following his suspension earlier this week from CNN.
“And I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did. I’ve apologized in the past, and I mean it,” Cuomo continued. “It’s the last thing I ever wanted to do, is compromise any of my colleagues.”